Die – Dungeons And Dragons Meets Jumanji

Die Vol. 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker, by Kieron Gillen, has a fairly simple premise. It’s about a gritty tabletop RPG that sucks its players into the game and refuses to release them until they win, die, or decide to leave as a group. The concept alone was enough for me to give the graphic novel a…

Descender Vol. 2: Machine Moon – A Thrilling Orbit

Earlier this year, I reviewed volume one of Descender, the opening installment of Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s sci-fi comic book spacefaring romp...and I loved it. Now, I’m picking up where I left off and diving into Descender: Volume 2: Machine Moon.  Tin Stars ended with a reveal that seismically changed the trajectory of the…

Descender Vol. 1: Tin Stars – Up Up and Away

Nearly three years ago, I read Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s Descender Volume 1 Descender, starting with a reread of Tin Stars. The bad news: it’s not quite as polished as 2018-me remembers. The good news: Descender still stands out as an excellent sci-fi story. Tin Stars opens with a panoramic shot of a far-future society…

Daytripper: Life in Snapshots

Twin brothers Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá have inked their way into the graphic novel hall of fame with Daytripper. The Brazilian brothers crafted a genre-bending work of art that brought me joy from start to finish.  Brás de Olivia Domingos writes endings--namely, obituaries. His dad is a world-famous writer, and Brás grapples with his…

Umbrella Academy – A Blunderous Bumbershoot

The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite, created by My Chemical Romance frontrunner Gerard Way and brought to artistic life by Gabriel Ba, sits at a unique crossroads both within the current cultural zeitgeist and on my bookshelf. With the Netflix adaptation premiering tomorrow as of this writing, I can only imagine the book’s sales have received…

Skin&Earth – It’s Lit

When an established creator receives a veritable onslaught of support and encouragement to pursue a completely new project in a foreign medium, things like Skin&Earth gloriously explode into the fandom at hand. Skin&Earth Volume One, collecting the first six issues of Lights’ concept-album-turned-comic-book, competes with and pays homage to the best graphic novels of our…

Batman: Haunted Knight – The Hero We Deserve

Happy Halloween everyone, enjoy a special post! Batman: Haunted Knight collects three Halloween tales by writer Jeph Loeb and illustrator Tim Sale. Famous for The Long Halloween and Dark Victory, the pair should be considered among the most trusted minds to weave a fantastic Batman story. Each of the brief stories in Haunted Knight glows…

I Kill Giants – SLAY

Four times, on four separate trips, I meandered through the aisles of bookstores, I Kill Giants, by Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura, atop my stack of “possible buys,” and four times I walked out of the store without it, opting instead for something more “reasonable” from my to-read list—namely, sequels to books I’d recently enjoyed.…

The Books of Magic – Gaiman’s Graphic Sorcery

Neil Gaiman’s The Books of Magic lives up to its name. Combining Gaiman’s distinct charm with illustrations by John Bolton, Scott Hampton, Charles Vess, and Paul Johnson, Magic stands as a narrative wonder among the pantheon of amazing graphic novels. In fact, published in 1993, it may have built the foundation on which some of…